By Staci Hart
Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
WASTED WORDS is the first book I’ve read from Staci Hart, and I’m sad to say that I didn’t enjoy it like I hoped I would. Which is a shame, because the blurb sounded like something I’d really be into: Hot Jock (Tyler) falls in love with Geeky Girl (Cam) who doesn’t know how beautiful she really is.
While I liked Tyler a lot, I found Cam completely unlikeable and it was her behaviour that proved too much to overcome. She was supposed to be smart and funny, but I found her to be childish, too insecure and downright bitchy when something didn’t go her way. She thought she knew what was best for everyone, so when they threw a wrench in her plans, she threw a tantrum. Literally.
Unfortunately, my issues with WASTED WORDS didn’t end with Cam. It was a slow moving book that became a struggle for me to finish, so much so that I ended up skipping sections without feeling like I missed anything important. I noticed some thoughts and comments were repeated, as well as several spelling mistakes and missing words throughout.
WASTED WORDS is told in dual POVs and comes with a HFN ending for Tyler and Cam. It does appear to be a stand-alone, but I know at least one other couple have had a book written about them.
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